EVERY now and once more, a brand new star in born on the sporting stage, and in this yr's Six Nations, that is the place the most recent Rugby sensation might be discovered.
Teddy Thomas was comparatively unknown to many earlier than the 2018 Six Nations championships started earlier this month, however the French winger has stolen the headlines so far – and not all the time for the correct causes.
Who is Teddy Thomas?
TEDDY THOMAS was born on September, 18 1993 in the small county of Biarritz in south-western France on the Atlantic coast.
His mom is French and his father is Malian, however having by no means recognized his father he opted to undertake his center identify as a surname.
What is recognized about his dad is that he briefly participant skilled soccer for Marseille and Saint-Etienne.
Thomas is recognized for enjoying on the wing, which is positioned out the surface of the backline, or at full-again, the place a participant usually sits a couple of meters behind the backline.
Teddy turned knowledgeable rugby participant in 2012, signing for his native staff Biarritz Olympique through the 2012/2013 season.
After spending two years with the membership, Teddy transferred to Racing ninety two in 2014 following Biarritz's relegation from the Prime 14 division – the place he has performed ever since.
What has he achieved in his rugby profession?
TEDDY made his debut in March 2013, coming off the bench in Biarritz's defeat to Toulon, he earned his first begin later that season.
His first attempt got here that yr, scoring a brace against Perpignan, he additionally made his European debut in the Heineken Cup, scoring two tries on the day.
His second season at Biarritz was a hit on a private degree as he was a daily starter in the aspect, nevertheless, the group's type was poor and they completed backside of the French league, thus incomes relegation to the subsequent tier.
After being launched from his contract, Teddy signed for Racing ninety two in June 2014, he made one other promising begin at his new membership as he scored a attempt on his debut against Bordeaux.
Even earlier than his skilled profession, Teddy represented France at junior degree in the Beneath-18's Rugby Union Championships.
He would later progress up the rankings, enjoying for the beneath-20's in the Six Nations and in the Junior World Championships.
His spectacular type earned him a name-as much as the senior aspect in 2014 for the November check collection, making his debut on the left wing versus Fiji – in which he scored inside a minute of approaching.
Though he wasn't a daily in the subsequent couple of years as a consequence of accidents, he was picked for France's Six Nations squad this yr.
Regardless of defeat to Eire, Teddy scored France's solely attempt of the sport, and adopted this up with two extra attempt's against Scotland in the 32-26 loss – thus making him each France's solely attempt scorer this event – and the very best attempt scorer after two rounds.
Why has Teddy Thomas been dropped from the squad to face Wales?
FOLLOWING France's defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield, a gaggle of the squad, together with Teddy, went on an evening out in Edinburgh on February eleven.
The next morning, Scotland Police revealed there had been inquiries into a possible sexual assault in Edinburgh metropolis centre, involving a number of French rugby gamers.
Coach Jacques Brunel, in addition to the French Rugby Federation, sanctioned all of the gamers who have been aside of the group on the night time out, slamming it as "inappropriate behaviour".
The Police interviewed a number of the gamers and numerous potential witnesses, earlier than establishing no crime had been dedicated.
That meant France have been pressured to name-up a number of replacements for his or her subsequent match against Italy.
And Wales may have breathed an enormous sigh of aid this week after Thomas did not earn a name-up for the third match operating.
EVERY now and once more, a brand new star in born on the sporting stage, and in this yr's Six Nations, that is the place the most recent Rugby sensation may be discovered.